Corporate retreats are a way for companies to gather their employees for an off-site get-away for collaboration and team-building activities. Unfortunately, this eutopic idea that taking everyone to a resort will automatically create a better work environment is only but a dream. All too often, corporate retreats fail to deliver on their intentions, and the horror stories from the retreat circulate the office for years to come.
If you are wondering why your corporate retreat didn’t create an immediate outcome of a happy-go-lucky team, the reasons below may offer you some insights on what went wrong with your corporate retreat.
Fun activities tend to be the primary objective of corporate retreats. However, without having clear strategies or tactics that will target business objectives around topics such as the company’s culture or mission, “fun” activities will fall short and many people won’t even care about participating.
For a retreat to bring a team together, clear objectives have to be defined with strategies that will clarify company goals. By facilitating seminars where people can learn new topics and collaborate with peers, teams have a better opportunity to engage with increased morale and motivation.
Every business has internal issues that affect the productivity and the dynamic of the team. If these problems aren’t addressed and solutions are not worked on, the elephant in the room will only grow larger and become more uncomfortable, affecting company culture and even profits.
A company retreat can be a great opportunity to find creative solutions to tackle the challenging problems that are in the business. Interactive workshops where everyone is sharing and learning from one another can be a great benefit and create positive feedback.
When company retreats mainly entail fun activities or the overall vibe screams vacation, all too often the managers of the company will see it as a day off or don’t think their participation is necessary. This leaves employees feeling like their bosses don’t care, and fuels the fire of a burning company retreat.
For engagement and team building, all company managers and leaders should be involved in the planning and preparation of a company retreat. Since leaders set the tone of the business, their engagement is imperative to support company objectives to improve the culture and the mission at hand.
If a company retreat is at a five-star resort and activities are optional, chances are most of the employees will be taking the time to enjoy a paid vacation. In addition, cliques or circles of friends that already exist in the organization will continue to exclude others, impeding on any chance of team building.
Instead, a company retreat can have activities where employees can learn more about one another and engage with other departments to develop additional work relationships.
Your next corporate retreat can be fun and provide a beneficial experience that will keep everyone engaged. Offering outdoor retreats and interactive activities, Frogbridge Events has the perfect packages to boost team building and motivation within your organization. To book your next corporate retreat with us, contact us here or call (609) 208-9050.